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Judd, Pearl (1908-1967) Direct voice medium of Dunedin, New Zealand, who held séances in a well-lighted room or in daylight with remarkable manifestations, as described in Clive Chapman's book The Blue Room (1927). In Psychic Research (November 1930) psychical researcher Harry Price quoted the testimony of W. P. Gowland, professor of anatomy and neurologist at the Medical School, Dunedin. Gowland witnessed the levitation of heavy tables and the playing of a specified tune on an ordinary piano when three people were sitting on the closed and locked lid. He also heard invisible instrume
Spirit Photography The blurred negatives of early photography provided ample opportunities for Spiritualism; the appearance of phantoms in the background of photographs, next to viewers or behind them, sparked the imagination, even if their credibility quickly faded. The trend began with William H. Mumler (1832-1884), a New York photographer, whose accidental double exposure (the double use of a negative on two or more photographs) blended a photograph of himself with a deceased cousin. Mumler proceeded to produce multiple portraits where sitters were joined by a ghostly apparition. T